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Over the Edge Radio

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Over The Edge Radio Archive (Seeland 031). Negativland's live mix radio show "Over The Edge" has been the longest-running block of free-form audio collage in radio history. With Negativland's Don Joyce at the helm, the weekly show was broadcast from KPFA FM in Berkeley California from 1981 to 2015. His death on July 22, 2015 closed a very large and long chapter in the group's history.

Here is how Don and Negativland described Over The Edge in texts drawn from over three decades of promoting the show:

"OTE's weekly themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air from a variety of formats and equipment used to do live sound cut ups and collage while mixing, including the frequent use of the now long dead analog technology of radio broadcast cart machines. On each themed episode of OTE there is a plan and there is no plan. Existing within the parallel universe of the Universal Media Netweb, the OTE mix consists of found sounds of many kinds from many sources put together on the run as the continuous audio collage progresses, along with live electronics (often from our Boopers), live sound processing, and all sorts of reccuring themes, topics and characters. Some of the shows involve all of Negativland, while some involve others outside of our group who participate semi-regularly. Beyond those, there are regular solo show broadcasts by Negativland member Don Joyce, who is the FCC license holder and responsible for filling the radio slot each week. All in all, if you like Negativland, you will like these shows, no matter who is involved, as they all maintain a "Negativ" touch based on our live mixing techniques. OTE often employs “Receptacle Programming,” which means you. Phone callers are punched into our mix with no warning. Call 510-848-4425 to deposit your programming. When your phone stops ringing, you’re on the air. Don’t say 'hello'."

A good overview of Over The Edge, Negativland, and Don Joyce's legacy can be found at this link.

Don's detailed 1995 essay about "Over The Edge."

For an informative bio on Negativland's past, present, and future, try this link.

Besides Negativland's many studio recordings, over the years a small selection of Over The Edge shows have been carefully edited into CD releases, often with elaborate packaging, and can be found here.

For updates on what the group is currently up to try Negativland's Facebook page.

NOTE 1: This archive began in September of 2015 by posting 941 three-to-five-hour-long episodes of Over The Edge from Don’s own personal air checks. That's over 3200 hours of live radio. There are still gaps in this archive to be filled over time (especially the early years. The 2015 shows will go live soon), so please contact Negativland at ote@negativland if you have any shows that we are missing. When you do, put "OTE" in the subject line. Our spam filters are set on high, and anything not having that tag will be junked. We're figuring that spam robots are not yet sophisticated enough to understand this paragraph, so we should be safe for a while.

NOTE 2: Individual show descriptions found here are mostly written by Don, but if a show description is missing and you’d like to contribute one, write it up as a "review" of the episode and let us know that you posted it. We are working on new and better ways to search this archive, and if you have ideas about that, drop us a line. And if you are that person who listens to every single show up here, however many years it takes you, please tell us!

NOTE 3: From 1981 to 1985, Over The Edge was on Sunday nights from 2am to 7pm. From 1985 onwards, the show has been on Thursday nights from midnight until either 3am or 5am, depending on which week of the month it was. The show was never on for the first week of each month, which is why there are never 52 shows in any given year.

NOTE 4: Though Over The Edge and Receptacle Programming continues to exist, evolve, and is still broadcasting each week on KPFA FM, this archive consists of the episodes helmed by Don Joyce. Once we have all of 2015 up, it will end on the episode broadcast immediately after his passing, "There Is No Don."

"To create is divine. To reproduce is human." - Man Ray.

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20060713,13-Jul-06,How Radio Was Done Pt. 9,solo,From the late Ô40s into the early Ô50s, we continue to cover developments of the time on the radio. Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose "flight" is covered live in 1947, the Beats emerge to become beatniks, dope enters mainstream radio fiction, Lenny Bruce ties for first place on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts in '48, the term, "Rock & Roll" enters our musical language, and the Communist menace is accompanied by atomic civil...
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After reviewing how we got here, the late 50s roll on inside the radio with the history of Rock & Roll, a heavier Soviet A-bomb requiring a bigger rocket thrust which produces the first satellite, Beatniks reacting to American materialism, some communist Disney music, and Stan Freeburg and Lonnie Donnegan sing Rock Island Line.
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In our patented one step forward and three steps back process of revealing history as if it happened on the radio, we begin around 1962 and don't even get to '66 again. The early Ô60s Beatles predominate, Bob Dylan does takes, Coca Cola everywhere, Surf culture and the Beach Boys, and Boss Radio is the radio boss. Brought to you by Coke.
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We continue 1968 radio with a budding radio host making tapes during his combat duty in Vietnam, William F. Buckley interviewing Jack Kerouac on the meaning of the hippies, the Firesign Theatre getting re-grooved, A Child's Garden Of Grass, and a lot more music about all this.
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In a completely related turnaround, we begin a series on radio history and how it happened. From Morse and Marconi, into the 20s and the earliest commercial stations, we follow the emergence of this amazing invention that burst into national consciousness at the turn of the 20th Century with lots of vintage audio, Edison discs, and a view of the culture and technology that informed it.
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We continue through the 20s and 30s, with the development of early radio, the spread of stations, and emerging content from comedy to melodrama.
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This final look a 1970 on the radio includes conversations with John Cage from WBAI, the historical plight of native Americans from Elton John and The Last Poets, various college radio DJs, The Firesign Theatre on KPFK, Zappa speaks and The Mothers Of Invention live, Captain Beefheart, Bob Dylan and all the tired horses, Melanie, and news and DJs on the 1970 dial.
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Radio from Pearl Harbor through the early days of WW II, with lengthy focus on a Roosevelt fireside chat given three months after Pearl Harobr. Big Bands rule. England endures. Fibber Mcgee can't listen to his radio and Lum and Abner finally get that rocket to Mars launched, but propaganda from both sides takes up much of radio's time.
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Breaking the decade barrier, we move into 1970 with Jean Shepherd and Negativland doing the same song, 70s radio bloopers, Who's on first, Radio Hanoi and the Vietnam War with Scoop Nisker, station Id composites galore, and filling up the rest with some big chunks of music (live and not) about bell bottoms, long hair, southern men, and cowgirls in the sand.
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Through the early 60s, we cover girl groups coming to predominance in Rock, Folk music and Bob Dylan emerging, Peter, Paul, and Mary appear with Jack Benny, JFK speaks, the Mercury Space Program launches continue as radio fiction goes to the moon, and radio DJs just go on and on.
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1967 radio continues with a WBAI discussion between John Cage and Morton Feldman about the intrusion of radio in modern sound, Martin Luther King gives a startling speech against the Vietnam war, Tom Donahue interviews the Grateful Dead on San Francisco's KMPX, as British and American psychedelic music plays right through the evolving social and musical turmoil.
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